United Airlines launched new nonstop flights between San Francisco and Xi’an, China, on May 8. United said the new flights will be the first transpacific service to Xi’an operated by any airline, and that United will be the first U.S. airline to serve the city.
Xi'an is an important cultural, economic and educational center with facilities for research and development and China's space exploration program. The plains surrounding Xi'an are home to the famed Terracotta Warriors, thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
United will operate the three-times-weekly service on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner during the peak travel period between May 8 and October 27 (westbound).
The flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:25 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Xi'an at 5:30 p.m. the following days (all times local). The return flights will depart Xi'an's Xianyang International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive in San Francisco at 6:35 a.m. the same days. Flying times will be approximately 13 hours, 5 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 5 minutes eastbound.